Gamekeeper’s Thumb

Gamekeeper’s Thumb

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What is Gamekeeper’s Thumb ?

Gamekeeper's thumb, also known as skier's thumb or ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury, is a condition characterized by damage or tear to the UCL of the thumb. It is a common injury in athletes who participate in sports that involve gripping, such as skiing, football, and wrestling.

The UCL is a ligament located on the inside of the thumb that helps to stabilize the thumb joint and prevent it from bending too far outward. When the UCL is damaged or torn, it can cause pain, instability, and weakness in the thumb.



Symptoms of Gamekeeper's thumb may include:

  • Pain and tenderness on the inside of the thumb
  • Swelling or bruising in the thumb area
  • Weakness or difficulty with grip strength
  • Instability or clicking in the thumb joint
  • Limited range of motion in the thumb
Risk factors

Risk factors for Gamekeeper's thumb may include:

  • Participating in sports that involve gripping, such as skiing, football, or wrestling
  • Accidents or trauma that cause a forceful outward bending of the thumb, such as a fall or impact
  • Repetitive strain on the thumb joint, such as in individuals who frequently use tools or perform manual labor

Treatment for Gamekeeper's thumb may include:

  • Rest and immobilization of the thumb joint, typically with a splint or cast, to allow the ligament to heal
  • Ice or heat therapy to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy to improve thumb strength and range of motion
  • In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to repair or reconstruct the damaged ligament.

It is important to seek medical attention from a healthcare provider if you suspect you may have Gamekeeper's thumb, as early diagnosis and treatment can help improve outcomes and prevent long-term complications such as chronic pain or instability in the thumb joint.

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